Finding the Fish Tank for you
Picking the perfect fish tank for your home involves balancing practical and aesthetic considerations. Large fish tanks, for example, are beautiful and expansive, yet consume more energy than smaller models. Glass fish tanks are sleek and classic but tend to crack more easily and weigh substantially more than their acrylic cousins.
If your main consideration is how comfortable your fishies will be in their new home, then a large acrylic fish tank is generally the best option, as it is lightweight and extremely durable, thanks to the molecular welding process by which it is made. This is a legitimate concern because as the size of a tank increases, so too does the water pressure, which can lead to cracks and leaks in glass models.
If your thinking is more along decorative lines, there are some truly unique and eye-catching - and even rather inconspicuous - tanks, if you are going for subtlety. The Bayshore bubble aquarium, for instance, is a gorgeous, wall-mounted fish tank that seems to turn your wall into the porthole of an underwater submarine! A more avant garde option is seen in a model such as the Square Aqua 30 gallon tower aquarium, which stands as a large vertical, rectangular column and boldly declares its presence in delightful contrast to the understated lighting and placid swimmers within its walls.
In any case, you will need some basic aquarium supplies to keep the water filtered and the tank itself clean. You will also need a submersible heater to keep the water at the optimal temperature for your pet fish.
Various decorations are obviously optional but do yourself, your house guests and your fish a favor and breathe some life into your fishes' new home with some interesting and colorful objects!
There isn’t a Fish tanks 101 course you can take to give you an overview on the things to look for when you’re shopping for your first fish tank. You could certainly get discouraged and even frustrated if you were thrown into fish tank hunting blindly and even more so when you find out later on that you probably could have saved yourself some time and money had you done a little research. For instance, most people probably aren't aware that large fish tanks consume up to 50% more energy than a smaller fish tank.
Research will also tell you that technology has brought us into the age of glass alternatives. Acrylic fish tanks are far superior in several ways to your typical glass fish tank. Sizes of acrylic fish tanks range from countertop to very large fish tanks. Some of the benefits of these manmade fish aquariums are the fact they are extremely light, making transporting them much less of hassle. If you're making your own fish tank stand and fish aquarium as one piece, such as an old monitor or TV, you'll probably love the flexibility and ease of use of the newer types of fish tanks.
These types of fish tank are also stronger, much stronger. In fact acrylic fish tanks are not only 17x more stronger, but they are also much more flexible and almost never chip or crack. If you have kids in the house, this is a huge bonus as parents all over the world cringe every time their children come within 10 ft. of their fish tank. Knocking over any fish aquarium, regardless of the location, makes me second guess owning one myself. However, if you safely secure your fish aquarium and child proof the surrounding area it shouldn't be any more of a stressor than the closest china cabinet.
Leaks. The best glass fish tanks in the world are all prone to leaks because of the water pressure and the fact the fish tank is not one piece, meaning every adjacent piece of glass is held together by sealant. You can imagine the mess that ensues if you spring a leak in some of the large fish tanks out there. Yet another benefit of the acrylic fish aquariums are they are molecularly welded at each seam, essentially making the entire fish tank one piece and that means no leaks!
Large fish tanks might see the benefits even more. The transparency of these new fish tanks remains @ 93% regardless of the size of the fish tanks. Usually in standard large fish tanks you’d notice a green haze or film of the sides of the glass. Also, in the past you may have noticed your heating bill increase significantly as the natural temperature fluctuates. Acrylic fish tanks win here too; they insulate the water up to 20% better and that means more savings for you and more fish! But you have to be careful not to combine the wrong types of fish in your fish tank or they could all die. Consult your local pet store fish guru for more info. Also some species can't handle large fish tanks; maybe they insane because they don't know what to do with all the room.
Fish tank stands come in all shapes, sizes and colors giving fish tank shoppers even more options, or headaches, depending on how you look at it. You can choose from all-in-one fish tank stand pieces that are fully capable of supporting large fish tanks. Your fish tank stand is vitally important to both the safety of your fish tank and the functionality of your fish aquarium. The lower storage compartment of your fish tank stand doesn’t have to be used solely for aquarium accessories, though that is what most fish tank owners use the area for.
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of fish tank and fish tank stand, it may take some patience to find the perfect combo. However, the fish tank hobby doesn’t stop there. You’ll find yourself picking up random aquarium accessories every time you step foot in a PetCo. Fish feeders, filtration parts and hyrdrometers are essential aquarium accessories you can count on picking sooner than later if you’ve already purchased your first fish tank. Don’t forget the scenery your fish will feel naked without; things like artificial corals, live rocks and other pond products.
I’m not here to talk you into or out of any particular type of fish tank. If you want to go buy 5 large fish tanks and start packing as many goldfish in each one as you can, knock yourself out. However, you plan on having a presentable fish tank and want to keep it looking impressive, take the time to do a little research on fish tanks and choose wisely. Fish aquariums can add so much to any room setting, but maintaining the large fish tanks can become expensive and time consuming. It’s a great idea to want to utilize the fish tank stand as more than just storage for aquarium accessories. Fish aquariums aren’t just for the rich and famous, but more for the calm and patient.